the tentmaker

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Location: Sharpsburg, Georgia, United States

"...because he was of the same trade, he stayed with them, and they worked together — by trade they were tentmakers." Acts 18:3. Tentmaker is a title taken by bi-vocational pastors. As such, I am both a pastor and a project manager. I am a pastor of a local congregation of moderate, accepting and affirming people who worship in the Baptist tradition. We call our church "Hope Memorial Baptist" and we are about 40 in number. I am also a project manager of major construction projects for the State of Georgia. My home and church is in rural Coweta County, between Peachtree City and Newnan, with a mailing address of Sharpsburg, Georgia.

Sunday, August 02, 2009

Year B - Proper 14

Liturgy of the Word:
2 Samuel 18:5-9, 15, 31-33
Psalm 130
Ephesians 4:25 - 5:2
John 6:35, 41-51
The Lord is in his holy temple, let all the earth keep silence.
As God’s beloved children,
follow Christ by loving as he loved you,
giving himself up
as a sacrifice to God.
May the Lord Jesus be always with you.
Grant to us, Lord, we pray, the spirit to think and do always those things that are right, that we, who cannot exist without you, may by you be enabled to live according to your will; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
Kyrie, eleison
Too often we have not listened to Christ’s Word
and have not eaten enough his bread of life.
Let us ask the Lord to forgive us.

Lord Jesus, you give us the food of your word
and tell us to get up and walk:
Lord, have mercy.
Jesus Christ, you give us the food of your body
and tell us to walk by its strength:
Christ, have mercy.
Lord Jesus, you give us the food of your love
and tell us to go and meet our neighbor:
Lord, have mercy.
Have mercy on us, Lord,
and take all our sins away.
Give us yourself as our food for the road
and lead us to everlasting life. Amen.
Morning Prayer
Let us pray that Jesus’ bread of life
may sustain us on our journey

God, Father of life,
your Son Jesus is our living bread
come down from you to give life
to us and to our world.
Let him restore our strength and courage
as we journey with him through life,
and give us the will and love
to share our bread with those who need it,
for in them Jesus cries out his hunger.
We ask this in the name of Jesus the Lord.
Deliver us, Lord from every evil
and keep us from discouragement.
When we run out of resources
and our strength crumbles,
help us to accept our limitations
and give us the bread of strength of your Son
to keep us going in joyful hope
until the coming in glory
of our Savior Jesus Christ.
For the Kingdom,
the power and the glory
are yours now and forevermore. Amen.


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